Dobson, who returns to the ICC after being his stint as technical operations manager from 1991 to 1998, will oversee the strategic production and delivery of all events hosted by the city centre venue.
Since leaving the ICC, Dobson has spent the last 15 years producing exhibitions and events for corporates including Nissan, Peugeot, E.ON, Sony and Nokia – both in the UK and overseas.
He said: "I am delighted to be returning to the ICC after all these years and am looking forward to working with old friends and making new ones. I have always enjoyed working in events and love getting people excited about what we do. There’s a real energy and tension about getting people together to get things done; an energy that can’t be replicated in the office environment.
He added that his most memorable event was launching the Playstation 3 to an audience of over a 1,000 European journalists in the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles.
"I had to negotiate some awkward situations with unionised Stevedores and Teamsters just to get our kit into the venue on time. But we went on to win Sony Europe their first exhibition award for Best Stand and Best Presentation at E3, the world computer games’ show."
Dobson will report into general manager Paul Rutherford and will be charged with leading the event management team, as well as the lighting, technical and venue operations teams.
Rutherford said: "This year our focus has been on making sure we have got the right people in the right places, so that our clients and their customers receive the highest level of service. Earlier this year we appointed a new sales director, James Elston, and restructured our sales department to introduce a dedicated association team and a separate team to manage corporate and government business, allowing us to work closer with clients."